The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced the appointment of Mike Sharrock as its new chief executive, replacing incoming Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth.
Sharrock, a former BP sports partnerships director, will take up his new position in January 2019, bringing experience from a 30-year international business career with the global oil and gas company.
In particular, Sharrock led BP’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
The partnerships formed part of the energy giant’s strong association with the Paralympic movement. BP has been a commercial partner of the BPA since 2008 and is also part of the International Paralympic Partner programme, active in many markets worldwide.
Sharrock’s appointment comes as the BPA embarks on a big commercial push ahead of Tokyo 2020. It follow’s last week’s announcement of Sports Sphere as its exclusive rights sales agency.
Commenting on the new appointment, BPA chair Nick Webborn said: “Mike was the outstanding candidate of a very strong shortlist and we are delighted to welcome him to the BPA. His passion for the Paralympic movement is clear through his London 2012 role with BP and more recently with the International Paralympic Committee.
“He is known for his leadership as well as his people development skills. Along with his strong commercial background and passion for social change, it will make Mike an impressive leader of the BPA. He will build on the sound platform that Tim Hollingsworth has left and take the BPA to the next phase of its journey.”
Sharrock commented: “I am truly thrilled to be joining such a great team and would like to acknowledge everything that Tim Hollingsworth has achieved in his seven years at the BPA.
“I was fortunate to witness the amazing success of ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and more recently at Rio 2016 and at this year’s PyeongChang Games.
“Through their incredible sporting success our Paralympic athletes have challenged perceptions and inspired a genuine change in attitudes towards disability. There is still much more to do and I look forward to working with the team to achieve further success in the coming years.”
Since leaving BP in 2015, Sharrock has worked as a qualified executive coach with leading businesses and institutions, including the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
He will take the helm from Hollingsworth, whose eight years at the helm of the BPA spanned four Games and secured a legacy of 280 British medals.
In addition to Sharrock, the BPA also revealed the appointment of three new non-executive board directors: British Rowing’s Helen Rowbotham; former wheelchair racer Anne Wafula Strike; and Chris Brown.